Overview

These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 80 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 89% of responsible authorities had submitted the Q3 2018-19 data. It does not contain data from Boroondara, Central Goldfields, Darebin, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Mount Alexander, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to an unresolved technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during Q2 & Q3 of the 2018-19 financial year.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q3 2018-19

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 10,441, a decrease of 23% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 11,426, a decrease of 19% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $6.2 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 62% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, a decrease of 1% on last quarter.
  • 378 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 11% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)


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Graphs & tables

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q3 2017-18 Applications received Q3 2018-19 % Change Applications decided Q3 2017-18 Applications decided Q3 2018-19 % Change
Victoria 11,995 10,436 -13% 12,448 11,426 -8%
Metropolitan region 8,349 7,018 -16% 8,985 8,140 -9%
Inner and middle urban 4,826 3,904 -19% 5,281 4,580 -13%
Outer urban 2,353 1,977 -16% 2,368 2,351 -1%
Growth areas 1,170 1,137 -3% 1,336 1,209 -10%
Rural Region 3,646 3,418 -6% 3,463 3,286 -5%
Peri-Urban 1,056 1,032 -2% 958 1,018 6%
Regional city LGAs 1,340 1,323 -1% 1,372 1,234 -10%
Small and medium regional 1,250 1,063 -15% 1,133 1,034 -9%

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q3 2017-18 Total dwelling permits issued Q3 2018-19 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Victoria 7,659 6,818 70% 1,068 1,636 8,065 9,675
Metropolitan region 5,788 5,033 74% 507 1,491 6,425 6,756
Inner and middle urban 3,535 2,984 79% 132 935 4,449 3,788
Outer urban 1,557 1,468 75% 253 396 1,001 1,951
Growth areas 696 581 57% 122 160 975 1,017
Rural Region 1,871 1,785 61% 561 145 1,640 2,919
Peri-Urban 557 605 68% 202 30 350 884
Regional city LGAs 744 656 61% 168 96 1,044 1,084
Small and medium regional 570 524 55% 191 19 246 951

Applications received by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications received in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications received during the quarters by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.4 KB).

Permit decisions by scheme

This chart shows the number of decisions made in each of the 82 planning scheme areas and the percentage decided within the statutory timeframe. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.

Applications decided during the quarter by planning scheme

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.5 KB).


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Reports

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

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